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Old 05-09-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Re-skin or strip paint from interior?

Hi All-
This is my first post to air forums - our family just purchased a 1965 Safari (22 foot) and are in the restoration process. I have to admit, however, that I've been an ardent reader of the forums - lots of good info from all of you out there!

So, I thought I would ask this question, in the context of wanting to have the aluminum interior (kind of like the new Airstreams currently on the market have) does it make more sense to try and strip the paint from the interior aluminum - with Removall 220 - or is that going to be a waste of time and we should just reskin with new aluminum?

Thanks in advance for your advice and input!
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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Hi, big question!, I would remove a small piece and see how you get along with different strippers e.t.c, i've seen it can be done although i'm not sure you don'T have the vinyl covering also, i've got the vinyl covering and loads of holes where i don't want them so i decided to re-skin and spend my time doing more exciting stuff like polishing!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Replacing with new bare aluminum skin poses some advantages.

1. Time. I just spent a ton of time prepping and painting my interior skins on my 58. I also spent about 300.00 in paint. Now I have clean painted walls with a number of patches and extra holes.

2. Bare aluminum will look better then stripped aluminum unless you put in a lot of hours polishing and or cleaning them.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:36 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input - I think we will reskin with new aluminum...now the trick is just getting that paint off the outside (the top was painted white for some reason)! I'm going to try PEELAWAY which was suggested on another thread. We're making progress...
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input - I think we will reskin with new aluminum...now the trick is just getting that paint off the outside (the top was painted white for some reason)! I'm going to try PEELAWAY which was suggested on another thread. We're making progress...
It was painted white to cut down on the heat most likely. New airstreams have white roofs for this reason. I have thought about doing this to mine, but it shows on older airstreams so more polishing is in store for me.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:14 PM   #6
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I painted my roof on the 77 to reduce the heat load and temperature by 12 degrees, when attending International Rallies with only 3 amp service. You really can not see the white unless you get on a step ladder. It also saved a lot of polishing time. The 63 is sans roof coating of any type.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:49 PM   #7
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Hi All-
This is my first post to air forums - our family just purchased a 1965 Safari (22 foot) and are in the restoration process. I have to admit, however, that I've been an ardent reader of the forums - lots of good info from all of you out there!

So, I thought I would ask this question, in the context of wanting to have the aluminum interior (kind of like the new Airstreams currently on the market have) does it make more sense to try and strip the paint from the interior aluminum - with Removall 220 - or is that going to be a waste of time and we should just reskin with new aluminum?

Thanks in advance for your advice and input!
Welcome to the forums!

I am currently stripping my '65 Globetrotter's interior.
see here...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ion-89528.html

Currently I have been using Kleen Strip Aircraft paint remove ($60/gal), and have about 2 gallons into the job.

At $200 a sheet for 2024T3x.032 4'x12' I opted for "restore".

You could be well over $1000 to redo, plus cutting and drilling....
It's probably a pretty big job in my opinion.

I am going for removing Zolatone while it's still inside the trailer, light polish, then remove. Once my floor is replaced I will then re-install and polish.
I am not going for mirrored finish, but not milled finish... somewhere in between to radiate color throughout.

Let me know how it goes, and welcome

Thanks in advance,

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:49 PM   #8
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oh god. i have very few regrets in life... stripping the interior of our 62 was one of them. RESKIN. wewere head to toe covered in paint coveralls, trash shoes, gloves, googles, and used the high test paint stripper (the stuff that burns your skin if it gets on you) and it was still 4 weekends of stripping... still isnt 100% how we'd like it. this was a globe trotter btw and we didnt do the bathroom either. plus, you have to think about your fiberglass endcaps...
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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I re-skinned the interior of my '63. I was planning on stripping but it soon looked like a huge task, only to end up with a bunch of beatup old skins.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ml#post1073025

If I was doing it again, I'd use .032 instead of .025.
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I am going through the same issue with my new to me trailer. The walls in it are painted, and I want aluminum. The time it will take to strip that alclad, and then polish it will take a considerable amount of time, effort, and cost in removall 220.

I am going with 6002 mill finish for the interior of the trailer to conserve price...I also don't want to polish my interior.

Consider your time and the cost of stripping and polishing if you go with alclad....it will be considerable.

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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stripper from wal mart klean strip in the gold can jell works best the pessure wash
anything left buy the spray and that will clean the spots up.
also for polish find some white diamond polish parts store advance works great.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:18 AM   #12
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Hi Vernon!
I really like the aluminum you used for your project - took a look at the photos on your forum post. Where did you source your aluminum and did you treat it once it was up? Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:01 AM   #13
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I stripped the interior paint from my 55 safari using citrastrip. There were 2 coats of latex over the zolatone. Citrastrip is great for interiors because it is not toxic like most of the others. No toxic smell. Also it does not burn your skin. My method:

1. Brush Citrastrip gel on a 3' by 3' area and let it work.

2. When you can see the paint absorbed into the citrastrip gel, scrape it off with a plastic putty knife.

3. Rub the area with steel wool and odorless mineral spirits. Wipe off more paint with a paper towel.

4. You can start stripping a new area before you are done with the previous area.

5. Repeat as necessary.

My trailer took 3 passes to get it down to bare aluminum. Wear gloves & saftey glasses.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:50 PM   #14
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Citristrip

Citristip works good, but I like something stronger first, but that's just preference.

I found citripstrip with those plastic dish lufa's/scrubber pads, the one's you get for a buck, that are all plastic so it won't scratch the aluminum, work good after the citristrip has dried.

I'm debating using citristrip around the window jams, give it 2 to 3 coats and then try a pressure washer to get it out of the tiny cracks.

I don't have a floor (one that's going to be used again anyways), so I figured what the heck, I'll try the pressure washer.

Sometimes its just time and elbow grease that get it done, all methods lead to the same result....
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